Delbert L. Lewis, the son of Guy Henry and Grace M. (Sabin) Lewis, was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Jewell County, Kansas. He departed this life on Nov. 28, 2002, at Bryan LGH-East in Lincoln, Neb., at the age of 82.
Delbert received his formal education attending Windy Point rural school north of Esbon, Kan. He then began farming and driving a truck. In 1941 he married Garnet Hudiburgh at Grand Island, Neb. They moved to Red Cloud, Neb., where he continued to farm and raise livestock. In 1946, he purchased Peterson Oil Company, Inc., which he continued to operate until the time of his death. In 1970, he built the Lewis Grain Elevator in Red Cloud. He raised quarter horses for many years, and early in their married life, they had raised turkeys. He owned and operated a number of gas stations and later Del's Country convenience stores.
In 1990, he purchased the Lucky Diamond Ranch in Wallowa County. He also continued to operate Lewis farms.
Delbert was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the Red Cloud Masonic Lodge #53 A.F.&A.M., the Nebraska Petroleum Marketers Association and the Red Cloud Chamber of Commerce. He had served for many years as the chairman of the Red Cloud Airport Authority; and he was a former member of the Red Cloud Board of Education.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Donald. Left to treasure his memory are his wife, Garnet; daughters, Barbara Kudrna and husband Rick; and Jerry Lewis of Red Cloud; son, Curt Lewis and wife Nancy of Ojai, Calif.; grandchildren: Mitch Lewis, Michelle Mans and husband Jeff, Steph Thompson and husband Terry, and Kami Meyer and husband Brandon; fiive great grandchildren; a sister, Doris Brady and husband Charles of Huntington, Indiana; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at the Congregational Church in Red Cloud, Neb. Interment was at the Highland Cemetery in Jewell County, Kansas.